Definition of Challenge

1. Noun. A demanding or stimulating situation. "They reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

Generic synonyms: Situation, State Of Affairs



2. Verb. Take exception to. "She challenged his claims"
Exact synonyms: Dispute, Gainsay
Specialized synonyms: Call, Call
Entails: Call Into Question, Oppugn, Question
Generic synonyms: Contend, Contest, Repugn
Derivative terms: Challengeable, Disputation, Dispute

3. Noun. A call to engage in a contest or fight.

4. Verb. Issue a challenge to. "They challenge him to write the letter"; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

5. Noun. Questioning a statement and demanding an explanation. "His challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
Generic synonyms: Inquiring, Questioning

6. Verb. Ask for identification. "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
Generic synonyms: Bespeak, Call For, Quest, Request
Entails: Halt, Stop

7. Noun. A formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror.
Generic synonyms: Objection

8. Verb. Raise a formal objection in a court of law.
Exact synonyms: Take Exception
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Object
Specialized synonyms: Appeal

9. Noun. A demand by a sentry for a password or identification.
Generic synonyms: Demand

Definition of Challenge

1. n. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons.

2. v. t. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy.

3. v. i. To assert a right; to claim a place.

Definition of Challenge

1. Noun. An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not. ¹

2. Noun. A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty. ¹

3. Noun. ¹

4. Noun. (legal rare) A judge's interest in the result of the case for which he or she should not be allowed to sit the case, e.g. a conflict of interest. ¹

5. Noun. (legal) The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity. ¹

7. Noun. (sports) An attempt to take possession; a tackle ¹

8. Verb. To invite someone to take part in a competition. ¹

9. Verb. To dare someone. ¹

10. Verb. To dispute something. ¹

11. Verb. (legal) To make a formal objection to a juror. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Challenge

1. [v -LENGED, -LENGING, -LENGES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Challenge

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Literary usage of Challenge

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1. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown: Or, A System of the Principal Matters by William Hawkins, John Curwood (1824)
"A prisoner for any crime may, by the common law, challenge any of the Grand ... 2 No challenge can be taken either to the array or the polls of the Petty ..."

2. The Digital Work Force: Building Infotech Skills at the Speed of Innovation by Carol A. Meares (2000)
"The perception of the challenge tends to be shaded by the perspective of the ... And economists argue that the IT work force challenge is the expected ..."

3. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1853)
"What shall be said a principal cause of challenge to the array of the ... Where such challenge may be made, the king being party, and where not, 156. a. ..."

4. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1853)
"What shall be said a sufficient challenge to the array for favour, ... Where such challenge may be made, the king being party, and where not, 156. a. ..."

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